From American and European lager styles, to German bocks and Japanese rice lagers, this category of beer is the most commonly drunk (in quantity) the world over. Generally lighter in body, lower in alcohol, and with less of a lingering aftertaste than ales, this style is cleaner and more subtle with regards to flavor due to the fermentation and cold storage (lager). German lagers are the main exception. Germany boasts the largest range of flavor, body, alcohol, and depth of character, for lager beer. From 4% alcohol pilsners to 12% alcohol and above eisbock (freeze distilled doppel bocks), Germany is to lagers as Belgium is to ales.

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